Plans for underground house

Plans have been submitted to build an underground house in the Green Belt off Altrincham Road.

Planning permission is being sought to build the detached dwelling on a triangular piece of land which is fenced and put to grass. The site located between houses on Greaves Road, Racecourse Road and the Boddington Arms.

The building will not protrude above ground level, except for a parapet wall which is approximately 300mm high, and will be covered in a sedum and wildflower green roof which will assist with water surface runoff an mean that the views across the site will only change slightly.

The site and driveway will be screened with hedges and soft landscaping. The house will contain 5 ensuite bedrooms, an internal garden, 3 parking spaces and a garden room with steps going down to lower ground garden and courtyard.

The application states "Although the site us within the Green Belt it is a gap site which will comfortably accommodate the proposed submerged house without harm to the openness of the Green Belt. The plot size is sufficiently wide and deep for the house to be built without altering the character of the area. This is the car as the proposed dwelling is to be underground including the main entrance and porch area which is accessed by a concealed staircase well.

"To aid the assessment of this proposal we promote the proposed development as being of exceptional innovative architectural quality and as such being appropriate under paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the site is a windfall proposal. Our conclusion is that the proposed dwelling is suitable at this Green Belt location. We also conclude that the size and scale of development proposed is suitable."

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council planning portal by searching for planning reference 20/0622M.

Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 4:17 pm
Why on earth would anyone want to live in an underground house?? The field in question is right outside a row of terraced houses with difficult access and on a very busy corner adjoining an unmade road. Ridiculous.
Guy Beardsley
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 5:24 pm

Why respond like this? What has it got to do with you? Thank goodness we are all different, it should be celebrated.

The negativity on this site never ceases to amaze me.

Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6:01 pm
Guy, my comment is because I can't imagine living underground or even how it will work. The access is as I said before, and we are all entitled to our opinion.
John Hulme
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6:37 pm
Planning has been turned down twice, because of access and green belt issues. How would development help the housing situation, is the guy who submitted the plans concerned about the environment or just out to make money. His last proposal was for TWO 3 Storey 5 Bedroom Detached Houses showing no concern for the people who live in the area.I have a lot trouble with moles and lay traps, I dread to think what I might catch if this development was to succeed.
Paul Millett
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6:57 pm
Of course we are all entitled to our own opinion but the matter of access and how long it takes to get out of a junction is a matter for the potential resident.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6:58 pm
This is a forum Guy and as such we are all entitled to our opinion. Yvonne wasn't being abusive . I happen to agree with her as with our current weather I Imagine the owner will be pumping water out of their underground home all the time ( even with all the waterproofing and tanking).
Are you a developer by any chance?
Jon Williams
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 7:59 pm
One word - Flooding
Nick Jones
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 9:24 pm
..... Well if its good enough for Coober Pedy !...
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 9:43 pm
John Hulme

You have a very good memory. I've searched the CEC planning portal but can only find one of them. This is application number 17/4327M and all the documents can be found at.

CEC refused this application and the applicant appealed to "The Planning Inspectorate". They dismissed this appeal. There's a lot of information in the planning inspectorates "Appeal Decision Letter", that could be used by those wanting to object to this new application.

I'm sure that there is also lots of information for those who want to support this application but I'm not sure where to look.
Ryan Dance
Thursday 27th February 2020 at 7:12 am
With regards to the comments about living in subterranean housing. No big deal... believe it or not people do live in this type of housing. Watch grand designs or look in London.

Not everyone wants to live in a gated 5 bedroom / 4 bathroom detached legoland “usual large developer led” housing. 1. they are also unsightly to some. 2 they are ridiculously expensive
Richard Bullock
Thursday 27th February 2020 at 9:04 am
If you look at the plans, the house is below ground level, but not underground like a military bunker: there's an open courtyard/garden below ground level - and all of the rooms of the house surround the courtyard and would presumably have windows - so it would get natural light.

I would have thought the ground is quite peaty and poorly draining though.
Stuart Gallaway
Thursday 27th February 2020 at 7:03 pm
Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "boys' waterhole".
I can't see Wilmslow providing the searing heat but given the drainage conditions in the area of the proposal, the waterhole option does look likely.